JAMESTOWN – Efforts to spruce-up Jamestown have received a boost, with M&T Bank once again teaming up with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation for the annual Hands-On Jamestown Community Cleanup. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Hands-On Jamestown is a planned, comprehensive cleanup involving hundreds of community volunteers who plant flowers, sweep, rake, mulch, weed, and engage in other activities to improve the city’s downtown and neighborhoods.
With volunteer interest growing every year, the JRC Executive Director Greg Lindquist is encouraging new and returning volunteers to be a part of this year’s efforts.
“This is now in the eleventh year and last year we had over 500 volunteers that contributed hours on their Saturday morning to come down and clean up the downtown area,” Lindquist said. “We are looking forward to having at least 500 volunteers this year, hopefully approaching the 600 to 700 mark.”
Pre-registration is encouraged to assist with location assignment prior to the event. Volunteers can register online at www.jamestownrenaissance.org or download and mail their registration form. While registering, an individual or group can indicate a specific project or location where they wish to work. Neighborhood groups, especially, are encouraged to sign-up for targeted work in their part of the city.
Check-in and on-site registration will begin at 8 a.m. at Tracy Plaza on May 17. Morning refreshments will be donated by local businesses. Upon checking-in, volunteers will receive directions and their location assignments. All participating volunteers are encouraged to return to Tracy Plaza once they are finished to enjoy a light lunch also provided by donations from local businesses.
A small quantity of cleaning tools will be available, but it is recommended that individuals bring their own gloves, brooms, rakes, weed eaters, and other supplies. Garbage bags and pick-up will be furnished.
For more information visit www.jamestownrenaissance.org, call 664-2477 x231, or like the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation on Facebook.